The Seattle Mariners no longer hold an AL Wild Card spot. The old adage goes, “a team can never have too much strong pitching.” Adding elite depth at the deadline won’t be easy or accommodating for most teams, but the Mariners should consider making a legitimate push to acquire Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox before the 2014 MLB trade deadline.
The Mariners sit at 55-51 on the year. They haven’t come out of the gates too hot in the second half, compiling a record of 4-7 since the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays are the team that has overtaken the Mariners for the final Wild Card spot, going 9-3 since the break. With other teams like the New York Yankees (8-4) and Kansas City Royals (5-5) also finding relative post All-Star game success, Seattle currently sits in the thick of a pennant race.
Acquiring DH Kendry Molares was by no means a bold move by management, but the Mariners did not part with a lot to create the deal. He only has one hit since becoming a member of the M’s three games ago.
GM Jack Zduriencik should fully consider getting involved in the Lester sweepstakes. He is a tier one talent and one of the better southpaw’s in the game today.
If upgrading the position player carousel is a less attainable goal for most teams around the league right now, then certainly Lester would give the Mariners one of the best rotations in the league. SP David Price may have too large a price tag attached to him now, seeming to only be nominally available. Lester has already been scratched from his start Wednesday evening, so a trade seems inevitable. The Mariners would be wise to offer Red Sox GM Ben Cherington something tempting in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in an attempt to obtain his services.
Baseball economics at the trade deadline is a simple case of adapting to the market, where supply and demand can dictate difference makers, just as is so on Wall Street.